Information, reliable and not so reliable, can be found everywhere—in books, videos, journals, newspapers, and the Internet, to name a few sources. How can you navigate through the information overload to find reliable information?
The answer is simple: Use your critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate the information you find. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself every time you read anything about your topic.
Authority & Sponsorship: Who is responsible for the information?
WARNING: If there is no author listed, think carefully before deciding to use the information. How reliable is it if you don’t know where it comes from? Can you find a better source for the same information?
Currency: When was the information created?
NOTE: Depending on your topic, you can still use old or dated information, as when you are looking for historical viewpoints or trends to compare with current ones.
Coverage & Accuracy: Where can you find more information?
Objectivity: Why was this information created?